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Merry Christmas From the Super 8

Dave Nimmer will hang out this Christmas weekend at a Super 8 motel and a nursing home in Wisconsin. He writes in The Scroll today that he can't think of a better way to spend Christmas.
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2012 Challenge: Email on a “Human Scale”

Are you tired of email? Do you dread checking your inbox every morning knowing it will take too much time to go through it – and that you will repeat the exercise throughout the day? Well, Carol Bruess has some sound advice for you today in The Scroll to make you a better emailer, and, consequently, she promises a "happier and healthier" person in 2012.
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Pride and Passion

The words “pride” and “passion” are everywhere these days when it comes to the St. Thomas football team, and for good reason. The Tommies are 13-0 heading into Saturday’s NCAA Division III semifinal battle against UW-Whitewater, carrying with them a pride and passion instilled by Coach Glenn Caruso. Doug Hennes writes about the words – and what they mean to generations of football fans – today in The Scroll.
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A University of Immigrants

Recent remarks by a speaker about the African-American migration from the south nearly a century ago brought reminders to Susan Alexander about an even earlier migration – of Irish to America – and the more-recent migration of Hmong and Somalis to this region. She writes in The Scroll today that all are healthy reminders of the value of immigrants – both to this country and this university, which was founded by John Ireland, an immigrant himself.
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Sticking to the Sidewalks

Lisa Weier is enjoying our rather mild weather but she knows winter is just around the corner, and that’s OK with her. In fact, she’s looking forward to the return of the snow and the cold because, as she writes today in The Scroll, “it will be beautiful."
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“I’m Beginning to Think a Lot ‘Bout Christmas . . .”

Father Dennis Dease hasn't even carved his turkey or made his dressing and he's already thinking about Christmas. That's good news, because the president has an early present for you this year: the promise of two extra paid holidays – Dec. 23 and 28 – to create a whole week off. Read the details today in The Scroll.
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Prayers and Vigilance Necessary in Wake of Penn State Tragedy

Everyone has been stunned by the events that have occurred this month at Penn State University. In the aftermath of that tragedy, Father Dennis Dease, president of St. Thomas, writes today in The Scroll of the need for prayers for the victims and vigilance to ensure such events never occur here.
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Academic Ambience

Carol Bruess was surprised, and pleasantly so, on a recent fall-break Friday when she ran across two students buried in their studies in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. What she also saw also intrigued and inspired her: They were studying by candle. It turns out that's against the rules, she writes today in The Scroll, but she still found their ingenuity "one more reason I adore the college campus – especially ours."
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Challenge Yourself . . .

Martha McCarthy was psyched. The business alumna was attending the Fowler Business Challenge last month as an observer, having been a participant twice as a student, and was wowed by two of the teams pitching business proposals. They gave her a whole new sense of what is meant by the St. Thomas tagline, “Challenge Yourself, Change Our World,” she writes today in The Scroll.
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Scholarships More Important Than Ever

Dave Nimmer is glad he doesn’t have to pay for a college education these days. He knows it’s expensive, but he’s doing something to make a difference: He contributes to a scholarship fund as part of the Opening Doors capital campaign. You could, too, he writes today in The Scroll.
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Is It Time for You to Change?

Caitlin Herby asks the question today in The Scroll because there was a time in her life when she decided she needed to change. She went from a lifestyle of making friends as an undergraduate student “solely to survive,” she writes, to getting involved in campus and participating in leadership opportunities that helped her to discover “where I fit in.” Is it time for you to change?
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Every Day is the Last Day in The Grill

Gayle Lamb has worked as Dining Services cash operations manager for 26 years and spends a lot of time in The Grill. As she prepares to close its doors in less than three months and move to the new Anderson Student Center in January, she reflects today in The Scroll on the history of what she calls "a great community gathering space."
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Tenure Talk Revisited

Susan Alexander hears more and more talk questioning the need for tenure in faculty positions, and she understands the concerns to a certain extent. Ultimately, she finds in tenure a partnership that commits "not only the employer to the worker but the worker to the employer," and that is healthy, she writes today in The Scroll.
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Thank Goodness for the Little Things

Lisa Weier is more convinced than ever that “it’s the little things that really make life pleasant,” whether it’s running around the track in the rain, thumb wrestling or winning an Oreo Twist-Off. She writes about those experiences today in The Scroll, and says she’s pretty anxious for Thanksgiving to roll around, too.
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Make It a Double

Carol Bruess professes to have her office in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center but finds herself spending just as much (more?) time in a newly adopted office: Coffee Bené in O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. It's the hot – and cool – place to see and be seen, all the while trying out the latest latte or macchiato, she writes today in The Scroll.
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Grit, Gumption and Grace

When Dave Nimmer met Laura Lee, a high school senior, nine years ago at a ThreeSixty Journalism workshop at St. Thomas, he was impressed by her “smile, sweetness and sincerity.” He came to know her more by her “grit, gumption and grace,” he writes in The Scroll today, and it is with great pride that he reports the 2007 St. Thomas alumna is the new anchor of the 10 p.m. news on KAAL-TV in Austin.
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Volleyball Voyeur

Susan Alexander likes to watch volleyball at St. Thomas, whether it is played in the sandpit near Ireland Hall or on Steve Fritz Court in Schoenecker Arena. Today in The Scroll, she reports on Friday night’s action at both venues.
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The Color Purple

Martha McCarthy graduated from St. Thomas last May, but she still is attracted to what she calls "the power of purple." The attraction proved irresistible on Saturday in O'Shaughnessy Stadium, when purple made her especially proud, she writes today in The Scroll.
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Chalk It Up

Carol Bruess likes this time of year, when there is the "palpable energy of people coming and going" through her neighborhood just east of campus. Her neighbors share that excitement, she writes today in The Scroll, even to the point where they chalk cheerful messages on the sidewalks.
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Meetings and Committee Work Can Build Community

Susan Alexander goes to a lot of committee meetings, and she is the first to acknowledge that they are a necessary evil. But she also finds they can be rewarding and valuable because of the community that they help to build, she writes today in The Scroll.
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Lessons from 20 Year Ago Guide Him Today

When Philip Connors was a freshman at St. Thomas 20 years ago, he read A Sand County Almanac as the "Common Text" in his English class, and in his own words today, “I didn’t get it at all.” He gets it now. The classic work by Aldo Leopold has inspired Connors both in his work as a fire lookout in New Mexico and as author of Fire Season. Dave Nimmer interviewed Connors for The Scroll.
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One Decidedly Thoughtful Dean

Carol Bruess still can’t get over the personal note that she received from Terry Langan over the summer. The interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences wrote her – and every other faculty member in the college – a note of thanks for her good work last academic year. Today it’s time for Carol to thank Terry in The Scroll.
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Majoring in People

Sophomore Lisa Weier’s official majors are Catholic studies and communications and journalism, but in reality she’s majoring in people. The more she’s around them on campus, the more she cares about them, she writes today in The Scroll.
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Dogs are Kicking Up a Fuss These Days

Susan Alexander is one busy woman at the beginning of this new school year. If serving as the president’s executive adviser and secretary to the Board of Trustees isn’t enough, the neighborhood dogs are up in arms (legs?) these days over a variety of slights – real or perceived. Will they march soon on 100 Aquinas Hall? She muses over the possibilities today in The Scroll.
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New Student Center Will Be More Than Just a Building

One word came to mind when Mike Orth recently walked on the new quadrangle to the Anderson Student Center for the first time: "Magical." The St. Thomas junior and executive vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government reflects today in The Scroll about the beauty of the building, its benefactors and everyone else who helped transform a dream into reality.